New eye care clinc opens for public sector employees

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Public sector workers will be able to access affordable eye examinations and corrective lenses as the government expands its current partnership with the Caribbean Council for the Blind & Visually Impaired-CCB Eye Care Caribbean.
The new programme is specifically designed to give employees an opportunity to be screened at a facility which will be set up at their respective places of work.
The first in a series of such clinics was opened on Monday at the Ministry of Health, where more than 1,000 employees of the ministry and its affliate  statutory bodies will be screened before the clinic moves on to another government department.
Chief Executive Officer of CCB Eye Care Caribbean Arvel Grant said the programme was expanded out of a need for the service.
He said during the 2011 census it was discovered that as many as 7,262 people in the country were blind in one or both eyes.
He said, with this in mind, a strategy was developed to target all within the government service.
“We advanced the proposal to the government and they were eager to give every public sector employee access to the service that we are proposing. This will be a thorough exam to see what the status of their eye health is,” Grant said during the launch of the programme yesterday.
People who are examined will be provided with a written summary of their eye health status, which they will be able to take to their preferred eye care provider for follow-up.
Clients with special conditions requiring emergency medical or surgical interventions, will be offered express refferal to the Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC).
Grant said so far, a little over 400 people from the Ministry of Health have been screened.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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